By Amy Bennett | October 9, 2017
Back in January I wrote a blog giving tips for adult college students. In that piece, I shared advice that I’ve heard over my many years of working with adult students and advisors in higher education—things like enlisting support from family and friends, good communication with your instructor, and not expecting perfection. As I reread what I had written, I realized that I could have delved deeper into the importance of managing stress via better time management skills.
If you’re an adult contemplating going back to school and you’re already working a full-time job, and juggling family responsibilities, you need to know that there will be an added priority which could lead to added stress. Come on. There are only so many hours in a day, and you also need to sleep. It’s a fact.
So, how do you add one more thing to your already full plate? Good question. My colleague, Karen Sloan, works full-time as a MAP advisor. She is also a mom, grandmother, daughter, friend, and sister. She has a very busy life, but she’s also going back to school. So I asked her this question, and below are her thoughts on time management skills to help lessen and manage stress while going back to school.
Overall, Karen says that she tries to visualize and focus on the outcome. She can see herself graduating with her Master’s degree—just like someone who is dieting tries to visualize how they would look if they were to lose 20 pounds. But, remember, this is just one person’s advice. You have to find what works for you. Just like I’m still searching for the perfect diet plan.
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